Folk duo Court Yard Hounds, comprised of Dixie Chicks members Martie Maguire and Emily Robison, will bring the originality of their "Amelita" album to VH1's "Save the Music" show on Sept. 12. Raising awareness for music education, the evening is presented by William Hill Estate Wines, Ashford University and Raymond Weil and will take place in Napa, Calif.
"Music education is a very important part of a child's development. As parents and musicians we truly realize this importance and are extremely excited to do our part and help spread awareness about the great work the VH1 Save the Music Foundation is doing for our schools," said Robison and Maguire in a recent statement.
Save the Music Foundation, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in schools all across the country, citing the need for a creative outlet as part of a child's growth and development.
On the duo's debut set, Robison told Rolling Stone in July, "We're a band, not a side project. We like our sound, and we're going to continue to do this, and share something new this time around."
Since Robison's divorce, she has opened herself up to new projects and perspectives, as evidenced by the rather sunny disposition of the record. "I've been freed of all of those time-heals-everything kind of things. Now I've opened up to other ideas and ways of looking at life and the world. I think it's not only a more hopeful album, it's more, well, fun," she says.